May 16, 2019

Greetings Members, Partners, and Stakeholders,

We are pleased to report that the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee has  passed an appropriations bill  that increases funding for family engagement through several programs.   Statewide Family Engagement Centers were recommended for $15 million in funding, a $5 million increase over the FY2019 enacted level. The White House Proposed Budget had eliminated funding for this important program.

Additional education programs supporting family engagement slated for increased funding include 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), Title I, Title IV-A, and the  Supporting Effective Educator Development  (SEED) program. It is unlikely that the FY20 plan expected to be acted upon by the Senate in June will include the same higher overall funding level as the House package, but there is still time to make your voice known. We encourage you to reach out to your members of Congress to share your support for these important programs.

NAFSCE is pleased to be partnering with the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to support the Statewide Family Engagement Centers through professional development and networking opportunities. The SFECs have hit the ground running, and we know they are already making a tremendous difference in family engagement programs throughout the country.

Next week, NAFSCE is taking its Effective Practices Series on the road with a brown bag lunch event at the headquarters of the National Education Association in Washington, DC! We hope you'll join the webinar or better yet, join us in person as we hear how two school districts have incorporated effective family engagement into their reporting systems to improve communications with families. Bibb Hubbard, founder of Learning Heroes, will kick off the session by focusing on recent research that shows just how important it is that we improve parents understanding of their children's progress.

Best regards,
Vito Borrello
Executive Director
National Association for Family, School, and Community
You're Invited:
Brown Bag Lunch and Livestream Event
Solving the Performance Disconnect: How family engagement can bridge the gap between student test scores and parent perceptions of success

When: May 22, 2019
12:00 - 12:30 pm ET: Brown Bag Lunch and Networking
12:30 - 2:00 pm ET: Panel Discussion (live-streamed)

Where: Live at the NEA Headquarters,
1201 16th St NW, Washington, DC

This event will be live-streamed from 12:30 - 2:00 pm ET

A recent research study released by Learning Heroes showed that nine in ten K-8 parents believe their child is on grade level, despite the fact that teachers report less than a third of their students show up prepared for grade level work. We know parents deserve better – better information about their child’s performance and about their child’s school. This session will dive into why this disconnect exists and highlight innovative approaches that some school districts and non-profits are offering to give parents the information they need. Attendees will learn about:
  • What parents and educators really think about current systems for reporting on student achievement
  • How school districts have incorporated deliberate, thoughtful parent engagement into the overhaul of their district-level report cards to make them more useful and accessible to parents
  • How to use a simple Family Worksheet to help parents engage in a more productive conversation with teachers about their child’s learning
  • The tools that one non-profit is providing to parents and educators to help them understand and make use of school quality data. 

Our Panelists:
Bibb Hubbard
Founder and President, Learning Heroes
Bibb Hubbard founded Learning Heroes to help parents play an active role in their children’s educational success. Before Learning Heroes, Bibb held leadership positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Widmeyer Communications, and Scholastic. Her public-sector experience includes positions at the White House and the U.S. Labor Department.
Erica Gonzales
Erica Gonzales is an Accountability Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, where she coordinates the annual production of district and school accountability results. Most recently, she led the production of the state’s new district and school report cards, which have been redesigned to better reflect the priorities of Massachusetts parents and families.
Renee LaHuffman-Jackson
Coordinator, Family & School Partnerships, Fairfax County Public Schools
Dr. Renee LaHuffman-Jackson has over twenty-three years of progressive experience in teaching, leadership, family engagement, policy, program development and program management. She is an accomplished leader in education with significant curriculum, programs, and grants management experience.
April Effective Practices Webinar archived recording now available

Using Quantitative and Qualitative Data to Evaluate and Guide Family Engagement
NAFSCE members can now view the recording and download the presentation from our April webinar. Access the archive here.

Webinar registrants should have received an email with a link to the program archive. To access all of NAFSCE's past Effective Practices webinars , we invite you to join NAFSCE today !
This report by the Education Development Center (EDC) explores First 10 Schools and Communities—partnerships between school districts, early childhood programs, and elementary schools to provide coordinated education and care to children and families in the first 10 years of life. First 10 Schools and Communities share a common emphasis on building deep partnerships with families and providing comprehensive services to children and families. This study examines the two different models for First 10 initiatives.
This  research paper , Intergenerational and Intragenerational Externalities of the Perry Preschool Project, builds on evidence showing the importance of a child’s earliest years when the brain develops rapidly, laying the foundation for future health and learning. The research demonstrates the impact of high-quality early childhood experiences, as program participants and their children saw significant increases in education, health, full-time employment and reduced incidence of anti-social behavior or crime.    
Developed by educational researchers, Ready4K is an evidence-based family engagement curriculum delivered via text message.This  Startup Funding Program represents a unique opportunity for Head Start agencies, schools, school districts, and community-based organizations serving highly-economically disadvantaged families (80% and greater free and reduced-price lunch percentage) to provide Ready4K to their families. Districts that don't serve 80% or greater free and reduced-price lunch families can use the startup funds for individual schools within the district meeting this threshold, and Ready4K will apply a 25% discount to the remaining schools.  Learn more.
In Reno, NV, home-visiting has become common practice. The promising results of improved attendance and increased proficiency in English and math have helped spread the strategy across the nation. Perhaps counter-intuitively, in Reno, home-visitors are trained to have no agenda—they are simply visiting to get to know a family and establish a relationship. “It might not always be obvious that simply strengthening relationships among families and schools would be associated with concrete academic and social-emotional outcomes for students, but it is,” said Hedy Chang of Attendance Works. 
Recently, Congress reintroduced the Homeless Children and Youth Act, a bill that “will help bring [homeless] children out of the shadows, help policymakers better understand the scope of youth homelessness, and, ultimately, give kids the care that they deserve.” However, until the bill is passed, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness is so narrow, that it leaves many children and families to fall through the cracks. To help those “forgotten” families, several communities and schools across the country are implementing programs to help address homelessness and the myriad of problems that come with it. Learn more.
This podcast produced by Strong Fathers, Strong Families and Parents as Teachers features Matt Arend, Principal of Sigler Elementary in Plano, TX. Matt discusses how he prioritizes compassion in his relationships with families and how he instills this value in his staff.
The Mexican Consulate and Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District in Texas are partnering to provide educational opportunities to parents who have immigrated from Mexico. Their program allows parents to complete courses to receive a diploma from the Mexican education system, and learn communication, technology and job skills.
In a controversial move, Carlotta Outley Brown, a Houston high school principal, has enacted a dress code for parents. The policy has garnered national attention and criticism for specifically targeting black women and creating a school climate that is unwelcoming to parents. 
The Institute for Educational Leadership is proud to host the 2019 National Family and Community Engagement Conference on July 10-12, 2019 in Reno, NV. This is an opportunity for state leaders, school and district leaders, administrators, educators, community-based organizations, researchers and families to focus on solutions that enhance and expand engagement and improve student success through family-school-community partnerships. With pre-conference sessions, site-visits, 8 deep dives and over 70 workshops covering six strands, participants are sure to walk away with new skills and strategies that they can immediately apply to their work. Learn more about the event.
Apply now for Teaching for Change’s 2019 Tellin’ Stories Race, Equity, and Family Engagement Summer Institutes. The summer institutes will teach participants to apply an asset-based lens to family engagement that is grounded in popular education, community organizing, racial equity, and family engagement research.
Special notice: Between now and July 12, NAFSCE members receive priority consideration, including a $250 tuition discount, for Family Engagement in Education: Creating Effective Home and School Partnerships for Student Success program, led by Dr. Karen Mapp. Learn more about the special offer.
The Administration for Children and Families is proud to present the National Research Conference on Early Childhood 2020 on Monday, June 22 – Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. This 3-day event will present the latest research surrounding child care, Head Start, Early Head Start, home visiting, child welfare, special education, pre-kindergarten, early elementary, and other early childhood programs.
MAEC is looking to hire two dynamic professionals who will support the management and development of the newly formed Collaborative Action for Family Engagement Center (CAFE). The CAFE Senior Program Associates will monitor and coordinate the delivery of high quality FSCE programming and technical assistance between four partner organizations to underserved communities across Maryland and Pennsylvania. Learn more. 
Manager, Operations, NAFSCE (Alexandria, VA)
The part-time Manager of Operations will manage NAFSCE’s various operational needs including finance, human resources, office and data base management. The successful candidate will work closely with NAFSCE’s Accountant for all day-to-day finance related duties in supporting the Accountant’s role of creating monthly financial reports, as well as budget planning and monitoring. Learn more.
The Senior Training Specialist is responsible for developing and providing training, technical assistance and outreach activities to families and professionals to support family engagement and literacy that ensures student success and meets the requirements of SFEC. Learn more . Learn more.
MAEC is looking for a dynamic individual to develop and deliver customized trainings, professional development, and technical assistance to schools and school districts on civil rights and educational equity issues (race, gender, national origin (ELs), socioeconomic diversity, and/or religion). This individual will also evaluate the effectiveness of training programs to provide feedback to clients and to improve MAEC services. Learn more.
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